In episode 1, Steven learns how Postural Alignment Therapy can help him eliminate his many chronic pains and allow him to enjoy being active with his wife and 5-year-old son.
In episode 2, Steven learns how diet and nutrition play a crucial role in his body's health and ability to respond to posture alignment therapy.
Eating a diet consisting of simple carbohydrates (high calorie, high sugar, low nutritional density) and energy drinks (containing stimulants rather than real energy sources like high quality complex carbohydrates and balanced fats) like Steven shares in the video, will not give the body fuel for every day life or exercise and will not provide adequate nutrients for repairing and building cells. This type of diet will allow the body to slowly get sicker and weaker over time. Poor diet can result can be chronic pain and fatigue or even chronic sickness or disease.
In order for Postural Alignment Therapy exercises to work, the body needs to have an adequate nutritional diet that provides all essential nutrients that will give the body energy to do the exercises and respond to the demands and have the necessary building blocks for new muscle, bone, and nerve cells.
Easy ways to help improve your body's health is to:
- Breathe slowly and deeply - mainly in and out through your nose - also called East-West Breathing
- Drink lots of water and little else (coffee, soft drinks, juices, energy drinks, alcohol, etc)
- Eat a diet consisting of mainly fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and legumes, and moderate amounts of whole grains and rice, leans meats, fish, eggs, and dairy, and very small amounts of processed foods of all types.
I think Michael Pollan, who has written the best selling books including "The Omnivores Dilemma", "In Defense of Food", "Food Rules", and "Cooked", has some of the best, easy to follow, advice anywhere. A great place to start learning about how to eat better is his article Unhappy Meals published in the New York Times Magazine in 2007.
Becoming Pain Free episode 1
How Posture affects lung capacity
New Beliefs about Pain
10 Things that cause posture imbalances and pain